Recipe for Buffalo Tofu Hot Wings

Buffalo tofu wings
Buffalo tofu wings photo by J. Hackett
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: About three servings
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Whether you're a strict vegetarian or you are simply looking for more meatless meal alternatives, this buffalo tofu "hot wings" recipe can definitely become a new favorite. 

You have officially been warned: These buffalo tofu wings are deliciously addicting and you won't want to stop munching them! These vegetarian and vegan "wings" with buffalo sauce pack in all the flavors of traditional hot wings without the meat.

If you're vegetarian and miss wings, or, if you just want to enjoy the heat from the spices without all of the fat and cholesterol of traditional chicken wings this tofu version will satisfy your cravings. Hot wing sauce typically includes hot sauce, butter, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt. In this recipe, just substitute vegan margarine instead of butter to attain the same delicious, glaze-like sauce that goes on traditional wings.

Don't worry about burning a taste bud; just focus on making sure everyone doesn't gobble this up without giving you a chance to get a bite. In fact, you may want to go ahead and make a double batch so that you have enough to share. Or, perhaps don't share at all!

Make a quick batch of vegan ranch dressing for dipping your wings, if you'd like!

What You'll Need

  • 1 16-ounce block tofu, well-pressed
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. oil for pan-frying
  • 1/4 cup vegan margarine or vegan butter substitute
  • 1/3 cup hot wing sauce, or any kind of hot sauce you like

How to Make It

  1. Once your tofu has been well-pressed (See: How to press tofu to learn how to press tofu so it properly absorbs all of the flavors of the sauce), you can slice it into thin "finger" shapes, slabs, cubes, or whatever shape you like best.
  2. In a shallow pan or a zip-closing plastic bag, combine the corn starch, garlic salt, mustard powder and black pepper. Carefully add the tofu, gently tossing to make sure that all sides of the tofu are well coated with the corn starch mixture.
  1. Heat the oil in a saute pan or skillet over medium heat, using a non-stick pan if you have it to reduce the amount of oil needed. Add tofu and pan-fry on all sides just until it is just lightly golden brown. Once the tofu has cooked, remove it from the pan and set it aside.
  2. Using the same pan (or a different one, your choice), heat the vegan margarine or butter substitute over very low heat. Once it is melted, add in the wing sauce, stirring just until combined well. Add the cooked tofu, gently turning to coat well on all sides with the wing sauce mixture.
  3. Once that is completely heated, you can take the tofu off of the stovetop heat and serve it while it is warm.
  4. Serve with some vegan ranch dressing if you'd like. Enjoy!
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 276
Total Fat 18 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Unsaturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 811 mg
Carbohydrates 15 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 17 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)